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Consistently sunny weather makes Huntington Beach a wonderful place to play for the young—and the young at heart—all year round. Here are a few ways to explore our coastal playground with the entire family.

Breakfast

Bruxie, located downtown on 5th Street, is known for its gourmet waffle sandwiches, but they also serve up a delicious savory breakfast menu. Youngsters can start the day with a sweet "Nutella & Banana" or "Green Eggs & Ham" waffle. Secret Spot, a locals favorite near Huntington Harbour, rolls some of the best breakfast burritos in town, as does Sessions Sandwiches on Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Main Street, and Pacific Kitchen at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Looking to personalize your breakfast? Stacked, just across Edinger Avenue from Bella Terra, is perfect for daring foodies and picky eaters, and lets you customize every dish via iPad.

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Morning

After breakfast, saddle up for a trail ride at Horse Play Rentals in the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, where guided walk-only group rides wind through the hills overlooking the park. For kids of all ages in the summer months, Adventure Playground— also known as “Mud Park”—plays dirty with a small rafting pond, mudslide area, rope-climbing, and fort-building. Pro tip: Bring towels and a change of clothes. Seeking something indoors? Jump around at Get Air Surf City indoor trampoline park near Bolsa Chica Road and Bolsa Avenue.

Lunch

Kathy May’s Lakeview Café in Huntington Central Park is indeed lakeside and a fun place for lunch. Home to ducks and geese, the lake offers prime launching areas for leaf boats and stick rafts, plus a play area with slides and swings sits a few yards from the restaurant. If you’re in Downtown, walk to the end of the pier until you reach Ruby’s Diner. Grab a classic burger and fries, and wash it down with a cool, creamy milkshake.

 

Afternoon

Time to burn off lunch! Head to the beach to swim, surf, skimboard, bodyboard, spike a volleyball, toss a frisbee, fly kites, build sandcastles, or even rent bicycles. Kayaking in Huntington Harbour is another on-the-water option, and rentals are available right along Pacific Coast Highway. Have skaters in your pack? Pop over to Vans Off the Wall Skatepark near The Village at Old World to watch them grind some rails.

Dinner

If you hit the Skatepark, neighboring Grinderz, a skate-themed locals-run burger joint, is the perfect place to relax, refuel, and recap the afternoon’s most epic tricks. 2nd Floor on Main Street hosts a kids eat free night on Tuesdays, featuring arts and crafts, face painting, live music, and bites for any young palette, from nachos and mac & cheese, to burgers and pizza. Craving Mexican Food? Try Las Barcas on Atlanta Avenue and Beach Boulevard, a local favorite since 1987.

Evening

Take in your perfect day in Surf City USA and gather ‘round a warm beach bonfire—with s’mores in hand, of course.